Welcome to the official opening of Blizzies Studio 29/10 2016. Talented and fabulous Diane Parker is the first one out to exhibit In-The-Box. Watch the Live search for form and finished work by local Ceramic Artists. Have a go on the wheel. Go in the draw to win a lesson in Wheel throwing & an original piece of ceramic Art. Drinks and nibbles. A big warm Welcome to everyone with an interest in the Arts & Crafts. www.blizzies.com
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Today I got the keys to the place where I’m starting up my business Blizzies Studio Pottery. Doors open to the public 1 October and I sooo look forward to meet and greet those who come to watch my search for form and to buy original Art & Design. Time to roll up the sleeves and get to work, there’s a lot to be done in two weeks. Watch this space and a big warm Welcome to Blizzies Studo Pottery at Queenwood Shopping Village - I will treat you like a King and a Queen
A colourful dream is about to come true. I've had a wish for many years to set up an open studio where people can come in and watch the creative search for form and buy my Art & Design.
Now it's going to happen! I'm starting up Blizzies Studio Pottery at Queenwood Village in Hamilton. Doors open in October 2016 and the official opening is 29/10 10 am - 4 pm. More information here www.blizzzies.com
Mortality and Other Trivialities is an exploration by Carole Driver, Meg Wilshier, Sylvia Sinel and Yasmin Franzmayr-Davis on the mysteries of life and death. Showing at ArtsPost, Hamilton 1 July 2016 - 1 August 2016.
What comes after death? Nobody knows, as simple as that’.
As a way to make sense, cope and feel comfort, humans have made up extensive rituals and worlds of symbolism around the subject of death. This has been going on for as long as humanity has existed. I find the world of symbolism and faith very fascinating and this subject is very often a part of my Arts practice.I have chosen to work with cats in this project. The cats are mysterious animals surrounded by symbolism and a lot of it relates to life and death. One of the most known would be the nine lives of a cat. According to old Celtic beliefs, the cat was the guardian of the otherworld/underworld. In old Egypt cats were sacred animals and used to be mummified in the same way as humans. Many cultures believes that the cats, especially black ones, are connected with the spirit world.
Floor talk about the Birdbrain - dislocation is a place exhibition at Calder & Lawson Gallery. What a great experience! See the talk here
Curated by Sybille Schlumbom at Calder & Lawson Gallery, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts - Te Whare Tapere, University of Waikato - Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Open from the 16 May to 15 July, Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm
I just found out that I have work selected to be part of NZ Potters National tableware exhibition Imerys in Christchurch. Opening Tuesday 17/5 at Canterbury museum. The exhibition is on during the period 18/5 - 29/5 2016.
This exhibition brings together four artists that traverse with ease between cultural, geographical and emotional territories: Stuart Bridson (NZ), Carole Driver (UK, Canada, AUS), Sylvia Sinel (SWE) and Shaun Tan (AUS)
I will be part of the exhibition Birdbrain at Calder & Lawson Gallery, Waikato university 16/5-18/7 2016. Participating artists are Sylvia Sinel, Shaun Tan, Carole Driver and Stuart Bridson. Curated by Sybille Shlumbom.
This sculpture is one of six ceramic and mixed media pieces to go in the show. Title "Transformation II"
What a great way to finish this fantastic and creative year. I just found out I won a Merit award in NZ Potters 50th Anniversary competition for tertiary ceramics students. Check it out here!
D-day! Final presentation of nine month creativity. I call my main project "A measurement of time" and it's an exploration and experimentation of the hour glass/sand glass form. My idea is that we're all here on assignments to gather knowledge and experiences in measured time. The knowledge comes in through the funnel and down through the waist/generator which generates colour and pattern on our bodies. I have portrayed my own body/sculpture with a Swedish folk art decoration and a runic inscription. What a fantastic year and this was a day I'll never forget. Now time for a short break to recharge the batteries.
The second module of my Diploma studies, with the theme Narrative Art, has come to an end. We had to tell the story, real or a fictive, of a family ledgend. I chose the story of my great, great grandmother Violet. Violet came to life with the help of my imagination and I call the project Violet's box. It consists of a short story (read it here) and thirteen ceramic pieces. The goal with this module was make sure chosen surface treatment enhances the art work and not the other way around. We also had to try out at least two new techniques not used before. Our tutor was the fantastic Susan St Lawrence.
I will do Otago Polytech's two year Diploma programme in Ceramic Arts starting up as we speak. It will be a fantastic oportunity for me to explore this amazing medium. I will work with the theme "Under the surface" and this piece "Joanna" is the first in a cohesive serie/body of self directed work. Watch this space!
Today I admitted my project "Meeting" to be displayed at University of Waikato's open day this weekend. All the texts are now translated to english and you can find them and the paintings here
On thursday nights from now on you will find me at Waikato Potters Society. My intention is to learn all I can about clay and firing techniques. Love it - Great fun!